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The Mystery Of How One Gene Contributes To Parkinson’s, Crohn’s And Leprosy

Researchers have struggled for years to understand how mutations in one gene, called LRRK2, can increase the risk of three very different diseases: Parkinson’s (a brain disease), Crohn’s (a gut disease) and leprosy (a peripheral nervous system disease). Now, a Canadian team has found that inflammation is the likely culprit. “Everyone thought that LRRK2’s primary […]

What’s The Benefit In Making Human-animal Hybrids?

A team of scientists from the Salk Institute in the United States created a stir last week with the announcement that they had created hybrid human-pig fetuses. The story was widely reported, although some outlets took a more hyperbolic or alarmed tone than others. One might wonder why scientists are even creating human-animal hybrids – […]